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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

6,033 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,033
Reviews: 1,392
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 300
Gots: 827 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU
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Photo of Slay40
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass this beer is very dark brown/black. A thick, tan head sits atop very still with almost no movement in the bubbles. Nice lacing too.

Smells like chocolate covered raisins, roasted coffee, big dose of charred notes, almost smoky, deep malty aroma, earthy.

Taste follows the nose with malty mocha flavors chased by a charred bitterness.

Mouthfeel has just enough body to hold up to the flavors.

Great beer from Founders

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of becktone
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes 1-19-10

Eye: Black and opaque, no light passes through this, being this dark its hard to judge how clear this beer is. Head retention could use some work, presently its just a thin tan film covering the body of the beer. Legs of lacing, foamy head.

Nose: Big coffee and heavily roasted and burnt, black acrid aromas, dark chocolate chocolate. Everything a porter should be. Some sweetness and calm milky tones underneath...not that I get lactose, its just the way to describe the richness and overall smoothness of the entire beer. Up there with Edmund Fiztgerald.

Tongue: Extremely smooth. Big roasted and burnt bitterness notes. Not cloyingly bitter or acrid thorugh. Notes of bittersweet chocolate, roasted tones. Seriously, everything you could really want from a porter. Hop bitterness is low and is out of the way of this beer, black malt and roasted grain bitterness give balance here.

Feel and Drinkability: Great body and feel. This is definitely one that I'll not shy away from. Different from GLBC Fitzgerald, but just as good. They are two different beasts of the same name, same nature. Body is medium, a bit lighter in heft than I would have expected....it feels like velvet though. Aftertaste is long lasting and is of coffee, chocolate and some roasted grain bitterness. You can't ask for more.

Photo of beerluvr
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a medium brown colored head settling over deep dark ruby liquid. The nose gives aromas of dark chocolate, roasted barley and some coffee. The taste is a lip-smackingy jolting blend of roasted barley bitterness mixed with coffee and chocolate highlights, and some malt sweetness as an afterthought. Not too much in the way of hop bitterness, the highly roasted barley seems to mask it all. It all finishes rich and mainly dry with further lingering chocolate notes, a substantial porter.

Thanks to CRJMellor.

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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz bottle (no date) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black beer - I'm not even seeing any light getting through the sides. Head dies down to a dark tan ring around the edge and a thin film across the top. Some lacing here and there - strands and sheets. The label says "Dark, Rich & Sexy". Definitely the darkest porter I've ever had.

Smell: When first poured and cold, it smells of raisins and rich sweet malt. As it warms up, the fruitiness goes away a bit and is replaced with a richness of mild chocolate and roasted malts. Nicely appealing.

Taste: Definitely a rich brew here. The best I can describe this beer is like sipping a scoop of rich bittersweet chocolate ice-cream that has been put into a stout. That stout bitterness end is there, but the chocolate shines through with a milk-like creaminess. As it warms up the bitterness at the end becomes more pronounced - a mix of coffee-like bitterness and some hints of citrus hops. Very tasty porter this one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with some carbonation along for the ride. Pretty good.

Drinkability: Yep, I could have another one, and I can see this beer pairing with so many things. It did really well with Welsh Rabbit, and I think it would be fantastic with a steak or a burger, and with dessert as well. The alcohol is well hidden and I'm not noticing it at all by the end of the glass. A dark, rich, and sexy beer indeed.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of HopDerek
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jay23 for this extra.

Pours a very dark brown/licorice black color with 1 finger of burnt tan head. Good retention and nice lacing swirls. Dark, rich, and sexy just like the label says! Smells of caramel, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and coffee. Tastes of milk chocolate, caramel, molasses, cocoa powder, roasted malt, and a touch of charcoal with a coffee bean and spicy hop bitter finish. Medium-full in body with good carbonation. Thick and viscous, smooth and creamy with a nice sweetness, some burnt character and a nicely balanced bittering finish. Incredibly easy to drink, I wouldn't mind sessioning this one.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of PatrickJR
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep dark brown, we might as well just call it black. Opaque. Massive 3-4 finger head rises, a creamy, rich, mocha brown color. Retention is great before falling to a moderate cap. Moderate to high lacing.

S - Distinct but restrained coffee in the nose; more like coffee being brewed nearby rather than the common stick-your-nose-in-a-bag-of-beans aroma. Dark chocolate is well represented as well. Small element of roastiness. Not as complex as I would've guessed, but solid and aromatic.

T - Things start off with an amazing balance between mild coffee and dark chocolate. It's very difficult to tell where one begins and the other ends. Some mild to moderate sweetness kicks in with a creaminess that moves the dark chocolate into slight milk chocolate territory. Mid to late palate roastiness begins growing steadily and overriding much of the sweetness. Roastiness peaks late palate and the brew finishes with an acrid, burnt coffee taste with moderate bitterness. The aftertaste literaly reminds me of getting to the bottom of a pot of coffee and ingesting the grounds. Founders Porter would've scored half a point higher if not for the harsh finish/aftertaste.

M - On the light side of full bodied with a rich creaminess. Moderate to low carbonation. Very nice.

D - A great beer all around. I'm not a huge fan of the coffee taste and don't expect to find it in a porter, but despite this it's balanced well. I'm not wild about the aftertaste but overall this is a fine brew.

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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sunswick 35/35 on 2/27/11.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a 1-finger light tan head on it. The head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smells roasty and sweet. There are also notes of vanilla, coffee, caramel, and molasses. It also smells a bit grainy.

T - It tastes of dark roasty malt up front. There are notes of vanilla, caramel, molasses, and dark fruit. There a nice roasty bitterness here as well, that lingers a bit in the finish.

M - The body is on the lighter side of medium, and it has average carbonation. This beer goes down easy, and there is a slightly lingering bitterness in the finish.

D - The drinkability is good. It has great flavor and quite easy to drink. This is another solid beer from founders. I recommend trying this one. Cheers.

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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- A regular pour left about a finger's worth of a murky brown head that dropped to a full lace that left a bunch of rings on the glass. The body was nearly black with hints of carbonation making their way to the surface.

S- I was met with a distinct aroma of dark chocolate and roasty malts.

T- The chocolate and roasted notes from the aroma were definitely present. They were matched with some raisin-like flavor, smoked accents, and some citrus hops.

M- The mouthfeel was pretty solidl. The carbonation wasn't overpowering, but there seemed to be plenty of it. Its finish was pretty dry.

D- It's an easy drinker. I could have a few in a single sitting and it's good enough that I'd pick it over many other American porters when given the choice.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an eighth inch chocolate malt head which vanished almost immediately. The body is a dark burnt umber brown, almost coffee. Smells of cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste matches the smell but is actually far milder than I was expecting. Finish is quite long featuring the roasted malt. Certainly a very good porter, but not necessarily the king of them all.

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,033 ratings.